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Displacement 7800 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 563' (oa) x 55' x 20' 6" (Max)
Armament 2 x 5"/54 RF (2x1), 1 Sea Sparrow SAM (1x8) ASROC ASW (1x8),
6 x 12.75" Mk 32 ASW TT (2x3). 1 Helicopter.
Machinery, 80,000 SHP; 4 LM 2500 Gas Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 30 Knots, Range 6000 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 296.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Litton Ingalls, Pascagoula Miss. December 16 1977.
Launched March 10 1979 and commissioned April 12 1980.
Decommissioned and Stricken July 24 1998.
Fate: Sunk as a target July 29 2003, 023° 02' 00.0" North, 160° 04' 00.0" West.

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Ingersoll 83kRoyal Eason Ingersoll was a United States Navy four star admiral who served as Commander in Chief, U.S. Atlantic Fleet (CINCLANT) from 1941 to 1944; Commander, Western Sea Frontier from 1944 to 1946; and Deputy Commander in Chief, U.S. Fleet/Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (DCOMINCH/DCNO) from 1944 to 1945. Ingersoll was born in Washington, D.C., on 20 June 1883. He was second in a line of three generations of naval officers: his father, Rear Admiral Royal R. Ingersoll United States Naval Academy Class of 1868, and his son, Lieutenant Royal Rodney Ingersoll II, Class of 1934, was killed in action on 4 June 1942, in the Battle of Midway, aboard the USS Hornet (CV-8).Bill Gonyo
Ingersoll 70kUndated, location unknown.John Lasala
Ingersoll 128kUndated, location unknown.Jerry Hays
Ingersoll 121kUndated, location unknown.Jerry Hays
Ingersoll 57kUndated postcard Copyright © Marine Photos, San Diego, CA.Mike Smolinski
Ingersoll 63kUndated postcard Copyright © Marine Photos, San Diego, CA.Mike Smolinski
Ingersoll 184kUndated, in Vancouver. Photo by Rick Garcia.Chris Howell
Ingersoll 71kUndated postcard.Tommy Trampp
Ingersoll 168kAn aerial view of the Subic Bay harbor with docked ships including the guided missile cruiser US STERETT (CG-31), the destroyer USS INGERSOLL (DD-990), next to the STERETT, the oilers USNS NAVASOTA (T-AO-106) and USNS MISPILLION (T-AO-105), astern of the STERETT, the guided missile cruiser USS HALSEY (CG-23) and the destroyer USS O'BRIEN (DD-975)." PHC Lawrence Foster, October 19 1981.Fabio Peña
Ingersoll 111kSeptember 1982, location unknown.Bill Gonyo
Ingersoll 101kFremantle 1985Graeme D Fuller
Ingersoll 86kDN-SN-89-02558. Petty Officer Third Class (PO3) Kevin L. Hackett tightens a fitting on a high pressure air compressor aboard the destroyer USS INGERSOLL (DD 990). taken by PHC Chet King, USN on January 1 1988.Bill Gonyo
Ingersoll 73kFremantle, Australia September 1 1988.Marc Piché
Ingersoll 82kSydney, Australia September 1988.Marc Piché
Ingersoll 61kSydney, Australia September 1988.Marc Piché
Ingersoll 79kSydney, Australia September 1988.Marc Piché
Ingersoll 65kSydney, Australia September 1988.Marc Piché
Ingersoll 97kSydney, Australia September 1988.Marc Piché
Ingersoll 205kUSS Ingersoll (DD 990) passing the Sydney Opera House on Bennelong Point, Sydney Harbor, Australia, early in the month of September 1988.Robert M. Cieri
Ingersoll 119kDN-SN-89-05621. A crewman services a Mark 29 NATO Sea Sparrow missile launcher aboard the Destroyer USS INGERSOLL (DD 990). Photo by PHC Chet King, September 1 1988.Bill Gonyo
Ingersoll 73kDN-SN-89-02132. Sailor Keith J. Simpson, a disbursing clerk, passes out the crew payroll aboard the destroyer USS INGERSOLL (DD-990). Photo by PHC Chet King, September 1 1988.Bill Gonyo
Ingersoll 160kMelbourne, Australia October 1988.Marc Piché
Ingersoll 85kMelbourne, Australia October 17 1988.Marc Piché
Ingersoll 219kThe collision damage seen in this photo occurred in May or June of '92 at about 8pm. Ingersoll was returning from a Persian Gulf cruise and the OOD misread the running lights of a Pakistani oil tanker. They had just left from a stop in Malaysia and it happened in the Straits of Malacca.Stephen Essex
Ingersoll 64kVancouver, BC September 9 1994.Marc Piché
Ingersoll 70kFremantle, Australia April 3 1996.Marc Piché
Ingersoll 137kFremantle 1996Graeme D Fuller
Ingersoll 90kFremantle 1996Graeme D Fuller
Ingersoll 104kFremantle 1996.Graeme D Fuller
Ingersoll 74kFremantle, Australia April 18 1998.Marc Piché
Ingersoll 73kJune 4 2000, Middle Loch, Pearl Harbor, Oahu Hawaii, starboard bow view of four decommissioned Spruance class destroyers. They are: USS Ingersoll (DD 990 ), USS Harry W. Hill (DD 986), USS Leftwich (DD 984) and USS Merrill (DD 976). The ships are moored at the Naval Ships Intermediated Maintenance Facility.Fred Weiss
Ingersoll 49kLeft to right - USS Ingersoll (DD-990), USS Harry W. Hill (DD-986), USS Merrill (DD-976) and USS Leftwich (DD-984) at NISMF Pearl Harbor August 1 2000. Thanks to Michael C. Potter who gave us the proper ID's.Jim Bedient
Ingersoll 58kSame as above, different angle.Jim Bedient
Ingersoll 137kView of the Ingersoll during Sinkex 2003 showing the results of 2 Harpoon hits.Ken Gorrell
Ingersoll 100kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Ingersoll 77kShip's Zippo.Tommy Trampp
Ingersoll 61kShip's Zippo.Tommy Trampp
Ingersoll 19kShip's Zippo.Tommy Trampp
Ingersoll 123kShip's money clip, pocket knife and nail file.Tommy Trampp

Note: History is unavailable at this time
This ship was built too late to be covered by the DANFS project

Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Edward Robinson Fickenscher III    Apr 12 1980 - Apr 23 1982

CDR William Taylor Danheim    Apr 23 1982 - Apr 21 1984

CAPT Harold Francis Amerau Jr.    Apr 21 1984 - Jul 8 1986

CDR Joe Lee Frank III    Jul 8 1986 - Jan 6 1989

CDR Joseph Francis Driscoll Jr.    Jan 6 1989 - Jan 4 1991

CDR Wesley Henry Schmidt Jr.    Jan 4 1991 - Jul 15 1992

CDR Jeffrey Kevin Sapp    Jul 15 1992 - Jun 3 1994

CDR David Thomas Cunningham    Jun 3 1994 - Mar 6 1996

CDR Stephen Craig Bradley    Mar 6 1996 - Oct 3 1997

CDR Raymond Lidsey Snell    Oct 3 1997 - Jul 24 1998

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Larry Graham
E-mail: None

Note About Contacts.

The contact listed, Was the contact at the time for this ship when located. If another person now is the contact, E-mail me and I will update this entry. These contacts are compiled from various sources over a long period of time and may or may not be correct. Every effort has been made to list the newest contact if more than one contact was found.

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
USS Ingersoll website
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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